We booked this place through a timeshare exchange so we didn't have much to go on. The timeshare was advertised as beachfront & I'll say that is a stretch but close enough for what we were looking to do. I'll try to be detailed in order to help others make a very informed decision.
First, the area is pretty nice despite anything else that is written you will probably be happy here. The property is located in Kahana between the highway & beach directly across the street from Kahana Beach Resort & we learned at check-in that the two resorts share amenities so they may well be managed as one (I am not sure). It is easy to tell the property isn't the newest on the island but clearly the management cares about the upkeep & does what is necessary to maintain it.
We rented a 2 bed / 2 bath condo & was pleasantly surprised at the size & space that we actually had. This wasn't a tiny 2/2; about 900-1000 square feet I would guess. Clean tile floors at the entry, bathrooms & the full kitchen with well maintained carpets throughout the rest of the place. Fully stocked with a half dozen bathroom towels & another half dozen beach towels as well as enough dishes for a family of 8.
There were only two things that I would call inconveniences but neither were terrible. 1) In the kitchen & bathroom we found tiny sugar ants. They don't hurt anything & do not bite but we had to wash the counter tops each time we prepared food to make sure they were gone. 2) The island is pretty nice but the temperature does get a little warm so the AC was necessary. The entire place was cooled by a single window unit & in order to cool the upstairs to a comfortable temperature we had to keep the downstairs nearly ice cold. Hint: Switch the upstairs ceiling fans to pull air up instead of blowing air down to pull the cold air up the stairs!
More good stuff now. Across the street at the Kahana Beach Resort you do have access to the water & a small sandy beach. It doesn't look like much but it holds a hidden gem. Grab your snorkels & go to the submerged rocks about 75 yards down the beach. Dozens of sea turtles hang out here eating the algae off the rocks & you can literally get within inches of them without much effort. We would never have tried this but one of the staff members pointed us this direction & it was one of the highlights of our snorkeling adventures. Keep in mind though that these turtles are protected by Federal Law & you can get a $10,000 fine for touching them so look but keep your hands to yourself!
The hotel offers a site-seeing briefing at 8:30 a couple mornings each week. I would advise to go listen to the spill as it is free & is full of good information but it is a sales pitch funded by Expedia so they will try to sell you their merch. We were already planning to do many of the things they covered so getting some tips from them on where to visit, where to park, etc... was cool. It only took about 45 minutes & they bought me coffee so it was worth it. In the end we walked about one block north to Boss Frogs & purchased our excursions for close to a 40% discount. Hint: Snorkel gear is only $1.50 per day from Boss Frogs so unless you are bringing some really nice snorkel gear with you I would not carry the extra weight with you on your flight here.
Shopping: Not much within walking distance but tons within a few miles.
Snorkeling: I would recommend a visit to Honolua Bay. It is a few miles north of the hotel but worth the drive. Park on the side of the highway & walk through the beautiful canopy of trees to the waters edge. There are two steps right at the beginning that are pretty steep but after that it is a smooth walk.
I'll post more about the excursions for your reading pleasure.
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- Also Known As:
- Kahana Villa Hotel Lahaina
- Kahana Villa Resort Maui/Lahaina